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  1. Mark Thompson liked Jamessquared's post in the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    The photos in Bluebell Times No. 25, pp 10-11 and page 19 are interesting in that regard. 1882 looks like gravel; 1912 definitely gravel (also confirmed at the north end of P5 in a pre-WW1 photo I have). The 1934 photo clearly shows gravel on...

    May 23, 2022 at 10:55 AM
  2. Mark Thompson attached a file to the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    You're right: [ATTACH] I believe the grass took over sometime after the P1/2 canopies were removed. I remember seeing photos from the 30s, and they still looked gravelly then. Incidentally, I love the look of the station in it's original...

    HK-5804.8.18.jpg May 23, 2022 at 9:49 AM
  3. Mark Thompson liked Nick C's post in the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    The central sections, under the canopies, are paved. The end bits are gravel on platforms 3/4 (I think tarmac on P5), and grass on P1/2 - I'd imagine the latter were gravel originally as well.

    May 23, 2022 at 9:46 AM
  4. Mark Thompson liked Meatman's post in the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    just to add to this for those that don't know, the figures announced at the AGM were in the 300's even after being counted twice, those results had the candidates in the same position i must add but as someone has already worked out there is an...

    May 23, 2022 at 8:54 AM
  5. Mark Thompson replied to the thread Bluebell Railway General Discussion.

    There are, but not much. Another BTK, 3690, appropriately at Robertsbridge, unrestored but at least looked after by the RVR, and a CK, 5600, currently at Barrow Hill, heavily converted in BR days, partly fire damaged, and would need a great deal...

    May 22, 2022 at 11:43 PM
  6. Mark Thompson liked H Cloutt's post in the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    For those who are members there is an update to the members pages today - just in case you have missed it.

    May 22, 2022 at 9:36 PM
  7. Mark Thompson replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    Shame. But the gap between the candidates is noticeably narrowing. Good to see people being recognized for their efforts on the gala, too.

    May 22, 2022 at 9:36 PM
  8. Mark Thompson replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    I wonder whether anyone, even ENPAs planning dept, would have the resources to dig into the veracity of that mind-bogglingly complex submission, but the fact remains that they are only having to deal with a temporary variation of the existing...

    May 22, 2022 at 8:58 PM
  9. Mark Thompson liked RailWest's post in the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    >>>>Stage 1 is just the Bridge 65 works together with the highways works at Blackamoor.... Plus the Materials Recycling Centre. >>>Stage 3 builds a separate railway (and as @Mark Thompson notes above) with the implication that the Trust wants...

    May 22, 2022 at 8:38 PM
  10. Mark Thompson liked Tobbes's post in the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    Thanks, I stand corrected. Well, that sounds like a good start, and surely enough to secure the planning permission. I saw that too. I'm not sure how to respond to it - not least because having sent in responses to all five applications,...

    May 22, 2022 at 8:38 PM
  11. Mark Thompson liked Tobbes's post in the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    So to decode this: Stage 1 is just the Bridge 65 works together with the highways works at Blackmoor Stage 2 is the extension into a temporary terminus at Parracombe that seems to want for local support (unsurprisingly, given the lack of parking...

    May 22, 2022 at 7:09 PM
  12. Mark Thompson replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    Absolutely. Although the critical details are far from boring. Construction south from BM would be a significant drain on finance and resources needed further north. Unless the intention is to construct and then mothball for the future, I see...

    May 22, 2022 at 7:09 PM
  13. Mark Thompson liked RailWest's post in the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    I have heard nothing specific about BR-WD on the grapevine, tho' the tendrils of that beast - such as it is - don't always reach this far..... My suspicion is that it is probably one or more of the following reasons:- Now the planning permission...

    May 22, 2022 at 6:57 PM
  14. Mark Thompson replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    Thanks, RW. So now there are 4 stages? That suggests much, although I still cannot for the life of me see the logic, or the sudden hurry to get BM- WD constructed, let alone up and running. Is there anything at all on the grassroots grapevine...

    May 22, 2022 at 6:30 PM
  15. Mark Thompson liked RailWest's post in the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    I see today (Sunday) that the website map has been altered :-)

    May 22, 2022 at 6:25 PM